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PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES—GRANTS TO STATE
LIBRARY AGENCIES (CDFA No. 84.034)

I.    PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation; Library Services and Construction Act, P.L. 84-597, as amended,
(20 U.S.C. 351). (Expires September 30, 1989.)

Funding;

Fiscal Year                  Authorization              Appropriation

1980                            $150,000,000               $62,500,000

1981                              150,000,000                 62,500,000

1982                                65,000,000                 60,000,000

1983                                65,000,000                 60,000,000

1984                                65,000,000                 65,000,000

Purpose; This program has four main purposes: 1) to develop and improve
public library service in various geographic areas and to groups of persons
with inadequate service; 2) to provide library services for patients and
inmates of state-supported institutions, for physically handicapped in-
dividuals, for disadvantaged persons in low-income areas, and for those
who have limited English-speaking ability; 3) to strengthen metropolitan
and urban public libraries which function as regional and national resource
centers; and 4) to strengthen the capacity of State library agencies to
provide state-wide services.

Eligibility; All State or equivalent library administrative agencies are
eligible. Besides the 50 States, this includes the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Trust Territory of
the Pacific Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

II.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)

A,    Goals and Objectives

During FY 1984, the Department had two principal objectives for this program:

o  Encourage the extension of public library services for underserved
or unserved counties and small towns across the nation; and

o  Encourage innovative library services to disadvantaged, limited
English-speaking, State institutionalized, and physically handi-
capped persons.

B,    Progress and Accomplishments

o Most of the nation's unserved and underserved areas for library service
have been reached by increasing the service capacity of State and local
library agencies. More than 96 percent of the nation's population has
access to library services.for Legislation